Minister’s Forum: Who is Jesus? |

Minister’s Forum: Who is Jesus?

Joe Valenzuela

As a missionary I have traveled to many countries in the world. I have also met many people with a variety of ideas about who Jesus was and is. Muslims recognize Jesus as a great prophet. Hindus see Jesus as a great holy man who did many things for suffering people. Others consider Jesus as a great teacher. But was he just a prophet, holy man, and great teacher? Jesus himself warned his disciples that false Christs and false prophets would arise and show great signs and wonders to lead people astray. So with the many ideas of who Jesus was and the warning from Jesus himself about false Christs arising it is vitally important for us to know who Jesus really is. Not according to what some man or some religious group thinks about him but what the final authority on the subject teaches. That authority is the Bible, the Word of God.

Of the many attributes found in the Bible about Jesus, I want to focus on the two essential ones. The two that I am referring to are his divinity and his humanity. If Jesus was anything less than God and anything more than human he could not have accomplished what he did for mankind. We find the first two chapters of the book of Hebrews as an excellent commentary on the divinity and humanity of Jesus.

Hebrews 1:2 says that it was through Jesus that God created the world. An interesting point that must be noted here is that Jesus was directly involved in Creation, therefor he was not created but is recognized as Creator. The third verse says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” He is the exact representation of God’s being. Jesus also told his disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the father.” So we can conclude from these verses that Jesus was indeed God in the flesh. The passage also speaks in the present continuous tense expressing that Jesus was not only God then but continues to be God today and for all eternity.

Hebrews 2:14 says, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil.” Jesus was not a ghost or spirit who could walk through walls during his life on Earth. He had flesh and blood just like you and me. He experienced all the things that we do like hunger, sleepiness, thirst, and pain. His death on the cross was very painful. Doctors have said that it would be more than one man could physically bear. Yet, he did endure the cross. Jesus was not only God but he was also fully human. He was the God-Man. God in the flesh.

Therefore, he is the one link, the one way, for man to be reconciled to God. He represented both ends of the spectrum. He was God in the flesh. The Bible says in I Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Have you been reconciled with God? Jesus has made a way for all man to be restored in relationship with God and receive forgiveness for their sins and eternal life. Put your trust in Jesus, the God-Man, for he is the only way of Salvation.

– Joe Valenzuela is assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel.

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